First_Backer_Inside Posted March 1 Share Posted March 1 16 hours ago, FarmerFran said: Completely agree from a football standpoint. When you factor in all of the other sports being played I don't see the small schools wanting them to join. I was just talking about this with someone that football overshadows all other sports it feels like when talking about a restructure in conferences. Allowed myself to be blinded by the same thing. You bring up an excellent point there with the other sports. 16 hours ago, FinePrint said: In order to build a sustained football program that can compete with the best in the class, the first thing you need is a winning culture. When you consistently get beat up by larger programs, you won't build a winning culture. I've seen it first hand. My oldest son played football at Triton in the NSC. They had some decent athletes but consistently lost by 40-50 points to the larger schools. (New Prairie was ahead 63-0 at halftime one year.) While they gave it their best efforts, they couldn't compete and never gained the confidence needed to be successful, even when playing other 1A schools. I then had 2 sons play in the HNAC. And even though they lost huge to Pioneer every year, they gained great confidence by competing with and beating teams from similar sized schools. They played for 2 sectional titles and won in a year that had 4 HNAC teams likely among the top 10 teams in all of 1A. (2018 - Pioneer, LaVille, North Judson, Triton) Yes, the competition you play matters. But it has to be balanced. Playing bigger schools doesn't automatically result in a more competitive team. And you think by adding two middle of their class schools will tip that balance too much for the 1A teams to handle? Glenn is a lot larger in enrollment than I thought and could cause problems down the road and with other sports. But Bremen is a large 2a/small 3a maybe eventually. The only problem I see with Bremen is location. Just my opinion. Become a better coach. Become a better player and rise up to your competition. The hoosier conference is a prime example with teams like LCC, Cass, and Tipton trying to compete with the juggernaut that is West Lafayette. It can be done. Maybe won't happen every year but can be done. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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